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A visit to the tiny town of Asolo in the foothills of the Dolomites was not on our original itinerary, but our travel agent insisted we would love it. He was right! We think of Asolo as consisting of two streets, two villas, and two castles. That assessment is over-simplified, but not inaccurate. To cap it off, he booked us into the Villa Cipriani, which was marvelous (in the folder on lower right).

Asolo has a charm that few other towns possess, starting with its glorious and unusual history. Famous figures such as the English poet Robert Browning, the actress Eleonora Duse and the explorer Freya Stark all lived here. Asolo was the Renaissance-era home of Caterina Cornaro of Venice, who was awarded the realm of Asolo for her help in (unsuccessfully) keeping the Turks out of Cyprus. Much of the 15th-century charm you see today is a result of her 12-year presence and patronage in the town.

Downtown Intersection

Shopping Arcade



Delicatessen College
College Street

College Dormitory

Castle Stairway

Castle Stairway

Castle View

Villa Cipriani